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Summer 2015: Poetry

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Summertime in the Pacific Northwest is such a relief. Finally, the sun. While the call of the outdoors is strong, we hope the poems in our Summer 2015 issue will help you pause for a moment at your door.

The poems included in this issue grapple with the big themes of loss and renewal found in many poetic works while also challenging our ideas of self – alone and in our families. The pieces range from reimagined Bible stories, such as Cindy St. Onge's stirring "Lot's Wife" to reimagined identities in pieces like Darla Mottram's "It's OK To Be a Waterfall." From ways of dealing with loss, in Marilyn Johnston's "Upon Finding the House Where Cousin Viola Lived During the Holocaust" and "The Stars in Your Voice," by Cindy Hines, to how to cultivate joy or forgiveness, in Stephanie Glazier's "One Gd At A Time," Emily Ransdell's "My Water Children" and Stella Jeng Guillory's "Chief Joseph's Flute."

We also have an erasure poem (a new form for VoiceCatcher) by Juleen Johnson, prompted by the late Philip Levine’s poem “Coming Home, Detroit, 1968,” as well as a poem seemingly inspired by the season by Nancy Flynn, "How I Wasted My Life."

We hope you will consider these new ideas and varied voices as you hurry to your bike. Even when they tackle the inevitable moments of darkness present in a life, they somehow manage to breathe light into those spaces. A welcomed poetic sun arriving just in time.

Jennifer Dorner, Pattie Palmer-Baker,
Claudia F. Savage and Cindy Stewart-Rinier
Poetry Co-Editors

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        One Gd At A Time
 by Stephanie Glazier

        Gotcha by Darla Mottram

        It's Ok To Be A Waterfall by Darla Mottram

        Lot's Wife by Cindy St. Onge

        Sailor by Sarah Bokich

        Six More Weeks by Sarah Borsten

        Here. Now. by Emily Ransdell

        My Water Children by Emily Ransdell

        Upon Finding the House Where Cousin Viola Lived During the Holocaust by Marilyn Johnston

        Pornography by Tammy Robacker

        Attention by Juleen Johnson

        Levine Under Erasure by Juleen Johnson

        Chief Joseph's Flute by Stella Jeng Guillory

        Communion by Livia Montana

        The Stars in Your Voice by Cindy Hines

        How I Wasted My Life by Nancy Flynn


        The Honor of Armadillos by B.E. Scully

        Basket of Shells by Joanna Rose

        How to Cure Cancer by Susan Fleming

        Nobody by Judith Pulman

        Concentric by Susan DeFreitas


        Exoskeleton by Rachel Mulder

        Give Up the Queen and Nobody Gets Hurt by Rachel Mulder

        Give Up the Queen and Nobody Gets Hurt (detail) by Rachel Mulder

        Put Me in Your Blue Skies by S. Tudyk

        Time Grows Over Memories by S. Tudyk

        Untitled Work in Paper by S. Tudyk

        Mamas Day by Diana Bustos

        Untitled by Diana Bustos

        Release by Diana Bustos


        Somewhere by Danrong Wang

        Runner by Sara Reed

        Charcoal by Meghana Mysore

        Infinite Ink by Meghana Mysore

        Home by Kate Pippenger